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New bike means new exercise possibilities!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Some of you may know that I am off the running trail due to a stress fracture in my pelvis. I have been an old gloomy gus about this as it is very hard to get good cardio without running, walking or otherwise standing on the large lower muscles. I tried out a friend's three-wheel bike and loved it, so I went to a bike shop to see about them.

Fortunately, it was a good shop where they actually try to ascertain your needs rather than just selling you something. Sebastian pointed out the new 'feet forward' bikes where you sit on a larger, more comfortable seat and you are not putting pressure on the pelvis to peddle.

I've been for a couple of rides and I am over the moon to come home with my lungs having really worked for the first time in over a month! Yay!


Enough with the ads!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I understand that ads keep Spark free. And I actually don't mind them, in their place. I have followed a few, joined a couple and it's possible I bought something as a result of one. I don't recall which purchases are a result of which sites.

HOWEVER, I do take issue with a supposed story on a Spark email leading to -not a story, but- a full page of advertorials from Weight Watchers. Ads are one thing; embedding to this degree is entirely something else and I think it is just not fair game, not in the Spark mentality. If this kind of thing keeps up, it could mean the difference between using the site to its full advantage as I do now and cherry-picking things like trackers and reading friend blogs.

Spark Guy, I hope you're listening.

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BESSHAILE 10/25/2012 6:58AM

    Exactly my thoughts. I don't mind the side ads but puhleeze - not tricking me into thinking it's a SP article.

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ELSEEBEE 10/23/2012 9:56AM

    I, too, understand the need for the ads. My objection is to the fact they are now on personal blog pages. I don't always "approve" of some of the products being put next to my name, so I've just stopped blogging.

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1935MARY 10/23/2012 8:18AM

    I don't mind the adds either,except when I am trying to type something in, then it is very annoying,I lose my train of thought.I spend more time clicking them off then it takes me to do what i am trying to do. Some times I just have a few minutes emoticon .

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I love metaphors!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Okay, so I'm an English major once and forever; so be it. However I was musing on the treadmill this morning (on a slow interval) and I realized that my new eating habits and my new running habits serve as a metaphor for each other.

In the past, I tried to run and I tried to go all out. Then after about 30 seconds, I realized that I just couldn't do that. So, naturally, I just quit and didn't bother with that again. My attempts at losing weight went somewhat the same. I would get through a week, lose 5 or more pounds and realize that I couldn't do that for long enough to lose the weight I needed to lose. So, naturally, I just quit and didn't bother with that--til the next time I forgot the experience and was willing to try again.

Fast forward many many years. I began the Couch to 5 K program and realized that A) you don't need to go all out all the time and B) every little bit builds success for the coming interval. Coincidentally, that approach has worked for healthy eating and weight loss. I don't need to ban every food I love and eat 800 calories a day. Every day that I eat healthy builds a step toward the next day. And each day that I eat healthy, I am rewarded with weight that either drops or at least doesn't gain.

Who knew that as I approach 60 I would finally realize that moderation in all things is a pretty good basis for all my metaphors?

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    OMG . . . we could be sisters, kindred spirits for sure. I talk in metaphors too much. A business associate told me one time "Straight talk, Jan, just give me straight talk"! I thought it was funny. When your mind works that way, it's hard to understand when others don't get it. But he was a guy and they seem to process things differently. Can't help it if I'm "colorful" . . . . well, I'm fluttering off to the next thing .. .. emoticon as always, Jan

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LYNETTEMOM 7/25/2012 3:47PM

    from a fellow English major, I like the metaphor!

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ANNEMAC5 7/25/2012 3:08PM

    lovely thoughtful blog. emoticon emoticon

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Maybe I AM positive!

Friday, July 20, 2012

These small steps were a part of an article featured today; you may have read it. I was doing great, reading down the list-Check, water, check, veggies, check, fruits, check. Well you get the picture. Then I got to the last one. Hmm, how am I coming on that one?

Get up without the snooze
Drink 8 glasses of water
Eat 2 veggies
Eat 2 fruits
Eat 2 complex carbs
Write in a journal
Take a walk
Put up motivating pictures
Gather motivating music
Tell a friend about weight loss goals
Avoid using negative words that could discourage you

Until three days ago, I would have said OOOPS, gotta get at that one. But for some reason, and I am not really sure how it happens, my attitude took a turn for the better. (I struggle with clinical depression and I can get PRETTY darned down on myself bytimes.) My husband had to go away for three days and I earmarked those days for three days of attitude adjustment, re-dedication to my South Beach eating and three days of commitment to me-time (which included my running as that is no longer a chore but a reward--when did THAT happen???)

It seems that my three day plan is working, unfolding as it should. DH is due back in about half an hour and I feel like he is coming back to a different person than he left. (No I'm not bi-polar, just really have had a positive attitude adjustment
emoticon. Yay, I'm back inside my own skin!

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    We all have our moments of "yuk" ... here's to turning them around every time they try to "become" our world . . . just can't ever quit!!! You go GF . . . keep on the sunny side . .. always on the sunny side . . reminds me of a song I sang in camp as a girl .. . I should blog about that. ..

emoticon emoticon emoticon my signature "take flight" symbol .. see? I told you I was colorful. By your page, I can see you are too. May all the colors inside, come out in just the way that suits you best. Toodles, Jan

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PAMATX 7/21/2012 2:00PM

    I like your list I should adopt a few of those myself. (Seeing as I too struggle with depression.) I'm glad you're feeling better. Nothing beats feeling the cloud lift and feeling like yourself again. Running is a treat? Now that's best!

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SLIMLILA 7/21/2012 1:06AM

    emoticonThree days and you did that is great.. emoticon.

I know my sister told me a couple years ago that even saying I am "losing" weight gives it a negative connotation.. She suggested saying "releasing fat". Sometimes the littlest things!!! emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 7/20/2012 2:06PM

    How lovely to read such a positive blog

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MBOART 7/20/2012 11:43AM

    emoticon YAY for postive thoughts!

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DOLLFACEDX 7/20/2012 11:15AM

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Beat the Binge

Thursday, July 19, 2012

This is a poster entitled Beat the Binge. It is pretty to look at and great ideas. If you have the url in your address line, backspace til you get just the dot com portion and take a look at all the other neat posters.

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/19/2012 8:10AM

  Inspiring, thank you!!

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ELRIDDICK 7/19/2012 7:50AM

  Thanks for sharing

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